HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S CONE…

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When marveling at the huge success of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, one can’t help but wonder if there was a little magical inspiration involved. Rowling herself has mentioned influences of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Homer’s the Iliad and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, all epic literary works. But Professor Unicorn, head of improbable theory at Rex’s BBQ and Correspondence College of Abilene, Texas, submitted the following statement during an interview based on extensively researched pure speculation. “I think Rowling was inspired by Harbor Freight Tools. Take the Collapsible Reflective Emergency Cone (item #: 94111). Now, look at the cone closely. It has an uncanny resemblance to the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter! And her first book was called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone… Stone/Cone… come on!” Shortly after the interview, Professor Unicorn went back on his medication, moved in with his sister and he’s doing just fine.

Whether Rowling was actually inspired by Harbor Freight is still up for debate but what’s certain is that the Collapsible Reflective Emergency Cone is a must-have safety item for unexpected roadside emergencies, especially with winter coming. The cone is made of durable weather resistant polyester/nylon with a polypropylene base. Since it’s collapsible, you can store several easily in the trunk of your car and have them at the ready for an emergency. For example: let’s say you get a flat tire, simply set up the cones while you change the tire—or you could just wave your wand and say TIREUS REPAIRO! Yeah, better visit on of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores and get some of those cones…

Collapsible Reflective Emergency Cone
item#: 94111

Warm Work Gloves for Cold Weather

Just because it’s getting cold outside doesn’t mean that you can’t get work done. Whether you’re shoveling snow, changing a tire in cold weather, or handling an emergency while it’s sleeting, some things just can’t wait. That’s why the Cold Weather Work Gloves (Items #: 96606 and 96612) are essential items for any tool kit, no matter the season. Because when weather conditions are wet, cold, or just plain uncooperative, these gloves will keep your hands dry, comfortable, and warm so you can focus on getting the job done.

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So, exactly how warm are these gloves? Well, the 40 gram fleece Thinsulate™ lining is ten times warmer than standard fleece! Even so, you still get maximum gripping power and superior dexterity with these work gloves thanks to durable synthetic leather palms. That means you won’t lose your grip or the feeling in your fingers with these puppies on your mitts! And at just $11.99 for the pair, you won’t lose your cool when you pick them up from your local Harbor Freight either.

“I bought these gloves to help battle the cold weather as I finish up a big outdoor project (deck). These are awesome gloves. They keep my hands toasty warm and surprisingly dry. Even when they are a little too warm (as the day gets warmer), my hands are not sweating. I’ve used these in rainy weather too and they stayed dry inside. They are true to fit (XL), which is great since I have trouble finding gloves that fit well.” – by MarkP from Newark, Delaware

“I sell Christmas trees every year and normally I wear regular split leather work gloves. The problem with these is that after it rains or snows and the trees are soaked those gloves get wet quickly. I picked these Cold Weather Work Gloves up last year and they worked great for the wet trees. They’re also very warm; warmer than I thought they would have been as they seem lighter than most winter gloves you’d wear. I quickly found out these were also better than my regular winter gloves for snow shoveling, cleaning the cars off, etc. I even started using them to drive to work every morning.”  – by carrguy1 from Southeastern Pennsylvania

“I was looking for gloves that would keep my hands dry and warm at the same time. I have tried many different types of gloves in my time and these are the ones that by far met my expectations. I can work outside, in the snow, and keep my hands warm, and dry!” – by Techie from Reading, Pennsylvania

Obviously these Cold Weather Work Gloves are ideal for the winter months, but anyone working in refrigeration, cold buildings, or freezers should pick up a pair of these gloves available in Large or X-Large sizes. Just like MarkP said, they keep your hands warm and provide a great fit with elastic cuffs that keep dirt and debris out of the gloves. When it comes to working, your hands are your most important tools so keep them safe and comfortable with these warm, water-resistant cold weather work gloves from Harbor Freight!

THE NAME IS BRACEGIRDLE, STANLEY BRACEGIRDLE

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There were three certainties in life growing up: 1) Hidden pirate treasure was buried somewhere in the backyard; 2) When animals were alone together without humans nearby, they spoke perfect English among themselves, and 3) Any man or woman wearing a trench coat carrying an attaché was clearly a licensed-to-kill covert operative and the contents of that attaché were either top secret, highly explosive or super top secret.

However, there comes a time when we put away childish ideas… not! Sure, we don’t believe in pirate treasure per say, but it doesn’t stop us from taking a metal detector to the backyard looking for old coins. And we know animals don’t speak English among themselves, but it doesn’t stop us from speaking English to them as if they know exactly what we’re talking about. And that leaves us with the covert operative/attaché case scenario. Harbor Freight has an attaché of sorts that is a real mystery… Hint: it’s not top secret or highly explosive. And no, it’s not super top secret either. It’s the Portable Household Battery Solar Charger (item #: 68690).

Using the sun’s power, the solar battery charger fully charges AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries easily in daylight. The charger features LED lamps to indicate a full charge, an on/off switch to prevent overcharging or battery drain and a durable high-impact case to keep the charger protected. With its fancy attaché design, it doesn’t matter who you are, you’ll still look like a licensed-to-kill covert operative… even if you’re Stanley Bracegirdle, accounting partner at the firm Bracegirdle, Daft and Shufflebottom.

The Portable Household Battery Solar Charger is available at any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores nationwide. It’s not only a practical device that will save you money over time but you’ll also become the envy of pirates, talking animals and licensed-to-kill covert operatives who spend a fortune on disposable batteries.

Portable Household Battery Solar Charger
item#: 68690

Water, Water Everywhere

You don’t have to be an ancient mariner to appreciate a good water supply. And now, with the 4-in-1 Solid Brass Faucet Expander (Item #: 94377), you can spread the water wealth around more than ever! This durable four-way faucet splitter lets you do the work of four workers by supplying water to four separate hoses at once for a price that won’t dry out your wallet. At just $8.99, you can’t afford to NOT purchase this garden tool!

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Not only can you connect four hoses to one faucet with this handy item, but you can also use as many at a time as you want thanks to convenient stainless steel valves for each outlet. So whether you’re watering a big field or just a portion, this faucet-splitter gives you the ability to handle it all. Plus, the solid brass construction means the splitter won’t rust regardless of how often it’s used.

“I bought this the other day and had it setup in minutes. It works great! I went back and bought 2 more… Great product.” – by wclang from Arlington Heights, IL

“I’ve used this product frequently for the past 3 months without any problems. It works as advertised.” – by Jon R. from Memphis, TN

Great for the front lawn or the home garden as well as larger scale projects like a park or high school baseball field (or just to separate various tasks), the 4-in-1 Solid Brass Faucet Expander from Harbor Freight gives you the versatility that normal faucets just don’t provide. Easy-to-use and install, this is a great item for any home or landscaping team.

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To apply for a job at Harbor Freight Tools, come visit our site at http://www.harborfreight.com/employment-opportunities.html

IT’S A DOG’S LIFE. WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY.

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The idiom “It’s a dog’s life” use to mean that life was hard and unpleasant. Those poor dogs. Apparently, while us Peter-Pan humans were lollygagging around living the dream, man’s best friend was miserable… who knew? Well, I certainly didn’t until I came across an academic white paper from Dr. Berry Sperry, the head of pet sociology at UC Davis. He found the personal journal of his family’s terrier Bowser. Here is a one-day entry from Bowser’s journal:

7am – woke up on cold, hard kitchen floor to the sound of coffee maker going off, hard time getting up, hip joint is really sore

7:15am – owner let me out to do my business

7:30am – chased squirrel up tree out of habit, not passion – what is the meaning of it all?

8:00 – ate dry kibble and piece of papaya dropped from family breakfast table (didn’t like papaya)

8:15am – contemplated Kierkegaard’s “Truth as Subjectivity”, no new revelations

8:45am – arrived at construction site

9:00am – 12:30pm – unloaded 50 bags of cement and dug out ditch for concrete piling

12:30pm – lunch break: ate rice cakes, low-fat cottage cheese and Diet Snapple, trying to get back to my old “service dog” weight

1:00pm – 5:30pm – busted my doggie behind putting up framing all day in the hot sun, totally worn out

6:00pm – arrived home, letter waiting for me—turned down from graduate creative writing graduate program at University of Iowa

6:30pm – ate more dry kibble, booooring!

After the last time stamp, Bowser wrote freeform…

I’m exhausted! I barely have the strength to watch an episode of Sons of Anarchy. My life is sleep, marking my territory, dry kibble, work, rinse and repeat. The horror of it all! I had dreams! I had aspirations! How can I pursue any of it when I’m working all the time and physically and emotionally spent when I’m not? Oh, this life! And to top it all off, my girlfriend’s a bitch! If I could just get a good night’s sleep, I’m sure things would start to turn around—  The rest of the entry is comprised of smudges from doggie tears.

After reading this proverbial howl for help, Dr. Sperry went down to his local Harbor Freight store and purchased the 23″ Pet Bed (item #: 66622). The 100% comfy fleece material and luxurious poly filling provide a plush rest spot for your pooch, cat, miniature wolverine or other domesticated pet. The pet bed also features a black plaid design which works with most decorative motifs. Dr. Sperry left it on the kitchen floor without saying a word. The following is Bowser’s journal entry the day after sleeping on the 23″ Pet Bed from Harbor Freight Tools:

6:30am – woke up earlier than usual and refreshed, the hip feels great!

7:15am – owner let me out to do my business

7:30am – chased squirrel up tree and had fun doing it!

8:00 – for some reason, the kibble tastes especially good today

8:15am – contemplated Kierkegaard’s “Truth as Subjectivity”, realized that since all beings process information through subjective filters, all perceived truth is “subjective”, therefore objectivity is in itself a subjective assessment

8:45am – arrived at construction site

9:00am – 12:30pm – unloaded another 50 bags of cement and dug out two more ditches for cement pilings, whistled while I worked

12:30pm – lunch break: ate rice cakes, low-fat cottage cheese and Diet Snapple… the Raspberry Diet Snapple is out of this world!

1:00pm – 5:30pm – finished framing the 1st floor of the structure, was promoted to site foreman end-of-day because of my great attitude and dogged determination

6:00pm – arrived home and found beef jerky treats by my water bowl from a “secret admirer” (suspect owner)

6:30pm – ate more dry kibble, must be a new formula, tastes great!

After the last time stamp, Bowser wrote freeform again…

It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep on the 23″ Pet Bed from Harbor Freight can do. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks! It’s a dog’s life… and I’m lovin’ it! My girlfriend’s still a bitch though.

Do the right thing for your pet and pick up the 23″ Pet Bed from any one of Harbor Freight’s 500+ stores. Your pet will thank you—though not all will express their gratitude in writing.

23″ Pet Bed
item #: 66622

Harbor Freight’s Most Illuminating Tool

You never know when you’re going to need a spotlight. Perhaps you find yourself with a flat tire on the side of the road in the middle of the night. Or maybe you need some illumination while camping in the woods. And of course, an impromptu theatrical performance is always a possibility. No matter what the situation may be, the 3 Watt LED Rechargeable Cordless Spotlight (Item #: 61777) is just the tool to shed some light on it. Available at Harbor Freight Tools, this extra-bright spotlight charges directly from your vehicle’s 12 volt cigarette lighter socket (or any 120 volt outlet) so it’s always ready and you’re always prepared!

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Could this lightweight Spotlight be any more convenient?? I propose that it cannot. A cushioned pistol grip makes it comfortable to hold while the cordless feature allows you to take the light with you while looking for firewood or during a power outage. A high impact housing even protects the lens if the Spotlight is dropped and an auto shut off feature automatically powers down the Spotlight when it’s fully charged. Really, the Spotlight does all the work for you. All you need to do is just get to your closest Harbor Freight and pick one up for $11.99. Seriously, $11.99.

“The light is quite bright. Lights up the back of my 2 acres. Is lighter than my other lights and hold a charge for quite a while. I have had it for about 3 weeks and not charged it yet using it generally once or twice a night generally not more than 10 minutes at a time.” – by Tool hog from Houston, TX

“Super-lightweight and very bright. Stays lit brightly for well over an hour on a charge. Love the fact that it can be locked in both the off and on positions. Red charging light turns green to indicate full charge.” – by Doug from West Virginia

Well over an hour? Try 4 to 6 hours on a single charge! Of course, it’s easy (and smart) to keep the Spotlight fully charged but it’s designed to last so you’re never left in the dark. Great for emergency repairs, evening hiking, power outages, and camping trips, the 3 Watt LED Rechargeable Cordless Spotlight is portable, lightweight, and reliable.

SPOOKTACULAR SOLAR FRIGHT LIGHTS!

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Listen up boys and ghouls, hold on to your mummies and daddies because it’s that terrifying time of the year when phantoms prowl, vampires feed and zombies get another cable TV show! It’s Halloween… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! To celebrate this ghostly occasion, Harbor Fright has something that will scare the pants off a goblin (provided he’s wearing them)—the Solar Decorative LED Fright Lights (item: 95588)!

This 3-piece decorative light set is the perfect addition to your crabgrass lawn or graveyard! And because the lights are solar with a built-in AA NiCd battery, operation won’t cost you an arm and a leg, so you can sew those parts back onto your creation in the lab! The LED lights turn on paranormally when the sun goes down and the howling moon comes up! The lights change color from blood red to rigor-mortis green to batty blue! And the lights themselves—it’s almost too scary to mention… there’s the beastly butterfly, deathly dragonfly and the most hair-raising one of them all—the HORRIFYING HUMMINGBIRD… AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

And the good news is you won’t have to sell your soul to get them. Just visit one of Harbor Fright’s 500+ haunted stores for a price that’s gruesomely good, that won’t put your wallet six feet under, that—okay, enough wordplay…

Solar Decorative LED Lights – 3 Pc
item: 95588

Ghostbustin’ the Harbor Freight Way

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It may come as a surprise to you that Harbor Freight Tools is a favorite stop among paranormal investigators. Strange but true, bonafide ghost chasers haunt our shelves to find many of their tools of the trade. What, you ask, could a paranormal investigator possibly want at Harbor Freight? Camo blankets and plumb bobs? Well, here are just a few of the items we found among the arsenals of apparition artisans:

The West Houston Paranormal Society, a dedicated group of otherworldly investigators who hunt and engage the unknown, use the Predator 8750 Watts Max/7000 Watts Rated Portable Generator to power their exploits:

“We are West Houston Paranormal Society and this is our official generator. Running power where we need it in powerless buildings and houses that we investigate. It runs our equipment (cameras, audio, trip sensors, monitors, DVRs, computers, recharging packs, etc) throughout the house, as well as our trailer base command/review center. Fist pull operation, no drain or surges and super quiet…. the last thing we need is a loud generator interfering with our EVPs and video evidence, that is why we chose this one because that was high on our list of NEEDED features.” Caps included.

Why the Predator generator? Could it be it resonates with beings from across the veil? Or, is it the high-quality performance and low prices? Perhaps it’s all of the above… or perhaps it’s something far beyond mere mortal understanding.

 

The Predator generator isn’t the only Harbor Freight product of choice among paranormal investigators. The Southeastern Paranormal Society, located in Salisbury, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, and the good folks at IHuntGhosts.com, favor the motion-activated Bunker Hill Security 4-Camera Surveillance DVR when looking into poltergeists and sundry presences. A representative at the SPS commented:

 “I bought this package to do surveillance for our paranormal research group. The cameras perform great in near pitch black conditions. Considering buying another system for our group.”

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Everyone who’s seen those paranormal movies knows why this is an important contribution to the investigative process. On the other hand, do you really want to know what’s hovering over you while you’re sleeping?

On My Para: The Paranormal Social Network, a forum member recently recommended the Cen-Tech Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer for measuring the ambient air around “cold” and “hot” spots. While so-called “professional” ambient air thermometers cost around $130, Harbor Freight’s is just $39.99. BOOOOoooOOOOO-yaah!!

 Another cool (as in cold spot) tool for the phantom finder, according to Paranormal Adventure Radio , is the Bunker Hill Motion Detector as “good for basic investigations.” As opposed to über-intense investigations, we suppose, like flying cutlery.

 Other paranormal investigators have testified about the value of a wireless inspection camera ” for “tight spaces” and “a very good idea for a room that has noises coming from it with the door closed.” A ghost hunter who recommended the Cen-Tech Digital Inspection Camera was using his to check out a mausoleum he’d been curious about. We’ve been curious if he’s been seen since.

 Research:Paranormal recommends keeping an RF detector on hand to weed out “false” radio frequency hits on the EMF (electro-magnetic field) detector. That way you can know it’s not a spirit from beyond infringing on your comfort zone, probably just your daughter calling, wondering when you’re going to pick her up. One of the Research:Paranormal followers volunteered that they duct-taped their Bunker Hill Wireless RF Detector to their EMF for prime detection.

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Finally, as Ghost Journeys advises in its Investigation Guidelines:

“Shop smart – save money. Check… Harbor Freight for mini LED flashlights, batteries and hard cases to tote your equipment.”

The Ghost Hunter Outlet took it one step further and provided a link on their site to our Storehouse 18″x6″x13″ Aluminum Case, admitting,

“We don’t sell cases to protect the gear you buy because Harbor Freight has a great case for about $30.”

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So, when it comes to quality tools at incredibly low prices… who you gonna call?

Portland Electric Outdoor, Fall Tools for the Yard and More!

We’re about a month into the fall season but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to stock up on electric lawn care tools! Especially when they’re part of a new line of products available from Harbor Freight Tools. We have some great items available just in time to help you tidy up your lawn, driveway, gutter and backyard quickly and easily. This new line of outdoor electric tools from Portland Outdoor makes cleaning up leaves, cutting hedges, and trimming grass so simple, you’ll never think of them as chores again.

3-in-1 Electric Blower, Vacuum, Mulcher (Item #: 62337)

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Versatile and efficient, the Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher is practically a whole set of lawn care tools in one! Clearing your driveway of leaves is literally a breeze with this lightweight tool and the $49.99 price tag is pretty lightweight too. When you need to switch over to a vacuum to clean up grass clippings or sawdust, you can do so with the simple flip of a switch. That’s right, no tools required! Plus, with two speed settings, you can tackle big jobs just as easily as small ones. But no matter if you’re using the blower, vacuum or mulcher setting, the 3-in-1 electric tool runs at a pleasantly quiet 84-97 decibels.

“I picked up this tool when I first saw it come into the catalog at Harbor Freight Tools and boy howdy am I glad I did. I didn’t have much use for a lawn vacuum or a blower but I sure did need a tool for mulchifying my yard. Every year I wasted quite a bit on buying store brand mulch when I could have just been making my own from whatever random debris like leaves and deer droppings happened to end up in my yard. I’ve been mulching all week long and my neighbors have started coming up to me asking where they can get such a magical mulching tool and I’m sending them right back over to Harbor Freight Tools. Thanks Harbor Freight Tools, you are my go to Mulch Tool guys!!” – by Mulchy Joe from Amerika

Look at that. Harbor Freight bringing neighbors together! And no, I did not make up Mulchy Joe.

13” String Trimmer (Item #: 62338)

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I grew up calling this a Weed Eater but no matter what you call it, the 13” String Trimmer gets the job done fast. One thing I remember about Weed Eaters though is how loud they were. However that certainly isn’t the case with the String Trimmer! This quiet electric tool delivers all the power you need to trim grass without noise, pollution, or spending an arm and a leg. For just $34.99, you can trim your way to the perfect lawn by taking advantage of four cutting head positions to get the perfect angle anywhere. An oversized comfort grip means you can work longer with less fatigue and an adjustable shaft lets you extend the trimmer up to 22” so you can work comfortably and save your back.

22” Hedge Trimmer (Item #: 62339)

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If you have hedges, you know they can be tough to maintain. But with the Hedge Trimmer, you can keep your hedges perfectly sculpted for the fall. Because when the kids come by for trick or treating, we all know the dads are going to be judging your shrubbery while they wait by your mailbox. This year, they’ll be green with envy as they see how finely trimmed your shrubs and hedges are thanks to the dual action double sided trimming blade featured on this versatile trimmer. Don’t be surprised if they ask how you achieved such excellent landscaping skills, and when they do, you can be prepared to inform them that the 22” Hedge Trimmer did all the work. And no, they can’t borrow it. For just $39.99, they can easily pick up one of their own at their local Harbor Freight store, just like you did!

While Mulchy Joe jumped at the chance to write up a review on his new favorite mulching tool, these items are so new that there isn’t a review to brag about yet for the Trimmers. So, why not go grab one and be the first to tell us what you think?? Especially since you’ll have plenty more free time now that you can fly through your landscaping work faster than ever with these great items. Best of all, you can pick up all three of these outstanding outdoor tools for under $130 and that’s before using a coupon! Take control of your yard with Portland Electric Outdoor.